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Punk Rave

Create: 07/19/2015 - 16:50
Punk Rave

At the raffia string barrier to the rave party, one guy asked what 'house music' do I like. A question that was to serve as a secret handshake for admission. I told him the DJ is playing techno, not house. (I like techno too, though).

Reminiscing a bit: I spent a year, almost every night, at the decadent and legendary Backroom KL , the clubbing venue that was famous globally, in its relatively short lifetime.

It was finally busted for opening past 9 am daily and for clubbers possessing every known designer and recreational stimulant.

Something Big Is Coming Down

Create: 07/19/2015 - 14:37
Something Big Is Coming Down

Continuing my series on festival day in the ghetto. A little Burmese Muslim girl is dressed in her Hari Raya best.

She's sitting on a squashed box by the roadside. Those red spots on the pavement are not colour run from her brand new dress. They are betelnut spit spat out by the many chewers here.

The girl has grabbed a front row seat, behind the raffia strings cordoning off the area. People are milling around, looking serious, waiting for something.

The Backstreet Boys Sepak Takraw Championship

Create: 07/18/2015 - 12:59
The Backstreet Sepak Takraw Championship

Behind the wall of spectators, is an exciting game of sepak takraw. The community organises some informal events for the special day of Eid.

Fittingly, one of the events is Sepak Takraw, a favourite sport played here on Sundays. Sepak takraw is a kind of foot volleyball played with a woven rattan ball.

Some historians believe the Burmese 'Chinlone' artform (single-player takraw-style kicking) was derived from Cuju (catch ball), a form of military exercise from ancient China circa 3rd century BC.

The Wall

Create: 07/17/2015 - 22:38
A wall of people greeted me

He made another turn into yet another dodgy back lane and I can hear a roar this time. Around the corner, was a wall of people, several in traditional Burmese longyi sarong. They were watching something.

Hameed turned to look at me before assimilating into the crowd. As we both panted and try to catch our breath, he shouted: You go ahead and enjoy watching. Don't go asking strange questions again, OK?

Waiting To Break Fast Outside KL Sogo

Create: 07/14/2015 - 21:31
Waiting To Break Fast At KL Sogo

Nice to see the department store providing mats for the public.

Can you see the number of people in the crowd checking their phones? :-)

Photography Notes: This is a very tough nightfall scene for any camera to handle.

The Sony Zeiss FE 55mm - A7R combo handled it with ease and beautifully.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1250, f1.8, 1/250 sec.